Jewish survivors of the Holocaust

Anonymous, 1932- (9 of 9) The Living Memory of the Jewish Community

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  • Subjects

    Refugee from Nazi Europe

  • Recording date

    1988-11-10, 1988-11-17 and 1988-12-01

  • Is part of (Collection)

    The Living Memory of the Jewish Community

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's home

  • Interviewees

    Anonymous, 1932- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Glassman, Gaby (speaker, male)

  • Recordist

    Glassman, Gaby

  • Abstract

    Part 9: Husband's background. She suffered from eye blink as a young refugee child from the age of 7 till approximately 9; she also had a tendency to infections. Initially she had reservations about going back to Czechoslovakia to visit. Then when the book "We came as children" by Karen Gershon (Gollancz) was published in 1966, it made her realise that there were other train children who had been worse off. Post-Holocaust world view. Feelings about today's Germans; reparations. Helping Czech relations out of Czechoslovakia in 1968. Subsequent family relationships. Identity problems for children. Identification with Israel. Effect of Holocaust on whole life. Coping with conflict. Smuggling jewellery out of Czechoslovakia aged six and a half

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    Interviewee's note:Interviewee was born in Prague, in a non-practising Jewish family, agnostic. Detailed account of early life and childhood. German invasion of Czechoslovakia; Kindertransport. She arrived in England the 20th of July 1939. Description of a difficult life with foster family. 1947 visit to Prague and Terezin. She was told by aunt and uncle that her parents had died in a concentration camp. She became a nurse and trained as a psychiatric social worker at London School of Economics. She married a non-Jew. Discussion about her children's "Jewishness". Subsequent life and family, feelings about separation from her children. Hostility towards Germans, effect of Holocaust on her whole life.

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